Category: Cell Phones

Sony Xperia Z1S: A waterproof mobile phone made for parents

Let’s talk about juice. Both in the edible and technical senses. In our house, we are either spilling it (in liquid form) or out of it (in battery form). Both problems tend to affect the mobile phones in the house too — which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the Sony Xperia Z1S phone which promises to take care of both issues. The new Xperia Z1S is an Android phone with a large 5 inch screen, 32 GB of internal storage, and a nice 20 megapixel camera. But the big parent-friendly selling points are that it...

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An actual free phone service over WiFi? Welcome, Scratch Wireless.

I truly cringe whenever I receive my cell phone bill. Usage charges, unlimited data, texting…oof, it adds up. I can see why the search for a good free phone service over WiFi is so important for a lot of people. As for me, my phone is like another appendage, so I reluctantly but willingly fork over the money. But if you aren’t as smartphone-reliant, have a relative who isn’t, or just want a better alternative to the small fortune you have to pay each month in cellular bills, Scratch Wireless is definitely worth a closer look. This is a...

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Big cell phone news from the HTC One family. Like, really big.

So the HTC One Max hit the shelves this month, and we’ve been wondering how it measures up to our favorite cell phones. Pun intended. The buzz revolves mostly around its size—it’s the biggest cell phone I’ve seen since my dad’s mid-90s brick in the car, thus the “phablet” moniker. But, of course, bigger has some perks now—like that dazzling HD screen that makes reading email, searching websites, and watching movies actually comfortable activities on a phone. To boil it all down, the thing that sets the HTC One max apart is it’s size. It’s just big. Like really,...

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The Moto X: The phone that makes the iPhone die-hards raise an eyebrow or two.

I’ve been a fan of Motorola phones since way back when I owned a fabulous new, silver, late-90’s Razr. (Now about $12.23 on eBay.) So leave it to Google, who now owns Motorola, to take an already awesome phone brand and together, one-up the iPhone in a whole lot of ways with the Moto X.      I’ve gotten to spend a little time with the Moto X recently and it’s quite a nice phone at a super price. If you prefer a nice palm-size phone as opposed to the larger screen options like the Samsung Galaxy S4, this one happens...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: A waterproof phone you don’t need a special case for

In anticipation of summer sand and surf, we recently offered up some of the best waterproof cases to protect your smartphones. And while I love my LifeProof and wouldn’t go near a pool or beach without some kind of protection for my iPhone, the new Samsung phone has taken a smart step. A really smart waterproof step. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has all the bells and whistles that Kristen touted with the original Galaxy S4, but one hugely redeeming quality is that fact that the phone itself is completely water- and dust-resistant. Whaaaat? According to claims, it’s...

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Cool features of the new Windows Phone

There’s been a lot of chatter about the brand new Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest offering. It features a very sleek design and layout, including the new Windows 8 operating system, but still has to compete against a huge contingent of existing iOS and Android users, along with app marketplaces that are far bigger. Only time will tell if this phone has enough to carve into the very competitive mobile phone market, but here are some of the features that pique my interest: Kid’s Corner Kid’s Corner is a self-contained place on your phone that’s easily accessible for your...

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Sprint Guardian provides multiple ways to keep tabs on kids

I shudder when I think about my kids running around as teenagers. I can only imagine the kind of technology that will be available to them and how they and their peers will be using it. I don’t envision ever “tracking” my kids via GPS locator, but being that I’m years away from that stage of life, who knows if that will change. Regardless of what your stance on tracking is, it’s nice that mobile phone providers are implementing tools to help keep those lines of communication open between parents and their cell phone-toting kids.  If you’re a Sprint...

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HTC One S – The smartphone that slayed Dragon*Con

I am a smartphone neophyte. It’s true, I have yet to embark on the world of apps and photography and texting without pressing a number key three times to get to a letter. So my editors thought it would be a fun experiment (possibly at my expense) to send me off to the scifi convention Dragon*Con along with an HTC One S smartphone and see if I could manage my way through it without phoning in for help. Let me tell you: this handy device is the Han Solo to my Leia. As someone with almost no experience with...

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The iPhone 5 is coming!

If you’re like me, then you’ve been anxiously awaiting the iPhone 5 announcement from Apple. Well, you only have to wait one more week because it’s happening on September 12.  Even though Apple did confirm that the new phone will be called iPhone 5–pretty big news for a company that has not pre-released the exact name of a product in recent years–there’s been a lot of speculation about exactly how the iPhone 5 will be different from the iPhone 4S. Tech sites have suggested everything from a thinner screen to a smaller connector. Looks like we’ll have to wait...

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Kids and cell phones? Kajeet can put you both at ease

Kids and cell phones is a combo that strikes fear into even the most laid-back parents. As my oldest daughter inches closer to cell phone age, I’ve decided to do my research early so I’m ready when she’s ready. And while it’s tough to know what age a child should get a cell phone, the one thing I know is that you want a phone system like Kajeet that’s made just to keep kids safe. Our Editor-in-Chief Liz described Kajeet as a “cell phone with training wheels” on her recent TODAY Show appearance and she’s exactly right. It’s the perfect way...

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